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Are there any other options than surgery for a branchial cleft cyst?

Are there any other options than surgery for a branchial cleft cyst?

Not really: If large, expanding, draining, infected the best option for cure is surgical excision. Some few small ones may not be detected until late.. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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2nd opinion for spinal accessory nerve damage had surgery in jan.To remove a branchial cleft cyst and have damage to spinal nerve, had nerve test done and was told physical therapy and see what happens after 3 months. Should i get a second opinion or wha

2nd opinion for spinal accessory nerve damage had surgery in jan.To remove a branchial cleft cyst  and have damage to spinal nerve, had nerve test done and was told physical therapy and see what happens after 3 months. Should i get a second opinion or wha

The : The spinal accessory nerve, also known as "cranial nerve xi" (xi meaning "eleven") is a nerve in the region of the neck that moves two important muscles: the trapezius and the sternocleidomastoid. The trapezius is the muscle that (among other things) shrugs the shoulder. The sternocleidomastoid is a muscle that (among other things) tilts the head. These are important functions, and damage to the nerve can be significant depending on other circumstances. While most peripheral nerve injuries do get better, especially with physical therapy, some do not. Even if recovery is incomplete, there may be no reduced ability to perform routine activities. Loss of ability is a concept that is relative: a graphic artist might have different demands for those muscles than a circus performer, for example. The decision to get a second opinion is often based on the severity of problems, the complexity of problems, or the degree of trust in the competency of the physician or surgeon who offered the first opinion. Most doctors welcome the decision of a patient to get a second opinion, particularly if the stakes are high. ...Read more

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I am scheduled to have a branchial cleft cyst removed from my neck and i just found out that I am pregnant. Can i still have the surgery?

I am scheduled to have a branchial cleft cyst removed from my neck and i just found out that I am pregnant.  Can i still have the surgery?

Possibly: Let your surgeon know that you are pregnant as well as all other members of your healthcare team including your ob/gyn. If its an elective surgery, they may recommend delaying it. ...Read more

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I have a branchial cleft cyst which is increasing in size I'm having it removed in August but it is causing me pain and so big now I don't want to leave the house. Is there any remedies to reduce the size. ?

I have a branchial cleft cyst which is increasing in size I'm having it removed in August but it is causing me pain and so big now I don't want to leave the house. Is there any remedies to reduce the size.
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A physical structure: thus physical treatment dominant. Study: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1110351-overview. If you paid yourself, many people would be willing to help, likely quickly; a key problem with indirect expensive payment systems, as in Britain. Study: https://goo.gl/Blh6rW for some insight. Partial debunking always an option; likely better done slowly, carefully all at once. Embarrassment misguided. ...Read more

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Branchial cleft cyst how common?

Branchial cleft cyst how common?

Not sure: Exact incidence is still unknown; however it is a common cause of congenital neck masses. No ethnic preferences for branchial cysts are reported. Clusters of cases can be found in families. No sexual predilection for branchial cysts are recognized. Branchial cleft cysts are congenital in nature, but they may not be noticed until later in life, usually by adulthood. ...Read more

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Do you have any experience dealing with branchial cleft anomalies? I am 28 years old; at 15 and 16 years of age I had surgeries to remove branchial cleft sinuses (although I also remember being told they were "preauricular sinuses) that had become infecte

Do you have any experience dealing with branchial cleft anomalies? I am 28 years old; at 15 and 16 years of age I had surgeries to remove branchial cleft sinuses (although I also remember being told they were "preauricular sinuses) that had become infecte

Branchial cleft cyst: Sounds like you had BCS type I (there are 4 types). Did you have an actual excision by an ENT or just incision and drainage? This type of cyst often involves the parotid gland and actual excision often involves a superficial parotidectomy. I am not clear what your question is. Try to get your medical records related to that surgery and consult an ENT if you are having problems. ...Read more

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I just found out I have a brochial cleft cyst on my neck and I was wondering, does every case need surgery for removal or can it just go away?

I just found out I have a brochial cleft cyst on my neck and I was wondering, does every case need surgery for removal or can it just go away?

Depends: They are congenital ( you are born with ) , smaller malformation will not give any trouble , most of the time they drain out give infections to the sinus tract and have very low incidence of malignant transformation Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Do you have any suggestions on how I can get a brain MRI for free? Only went for one MRI after rathke cleft cyst surgery. Can't afford another mri.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can get a brain MRI for free? Only went for one MRI after rathke cleft cyst surgery. Can't afford another mri.

Touqh question: Short of going to a public health clinic and if deemed appropriate and your financial status supports your being seen in such a clinic, probably hard to arrange. However, if your physician deems you need such a test, many physician owned facilities will arrange to do such a test at a reduced cost and sometimes at cost. Asking honest qeustions of such places is t he best way to figure this out. ...Read more

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My husband is 36 years old n is diagnosed with branchial cyst - sinus with superadded inflammation. What is the treatment for this?

My husband is 36 years old n is diagnosed with branchial cyst - sinus with superadded inflammation. What is the treatment for this?

Let me explain: Infected branchial cleft cysts or sinuses require antibiotic treatment. If there are persistent problems with drainage or infection, any cysts should be surgically removed. Source: http://www.Umm.Edu/ency/article/001396trt.Htm#ixzz2lqyw1vd8. ...Read more

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Difference bw branchial cyst and carotid body tumor and anuresym of carotid ?

Difference bw branchial cyst and carotid body tumor and anuresym of carotid ?

Neck masses: These are three distinct causes of a neck mass. You'll get some more imaging studies that will distinguish them. Branchial cleft cysts are very common and usually a non-problem. Carotid body tumors are very rare but need to be ruled out. Carotid aneurysms are strongly pulsatile. Stay involved with your diagnosis and best wishes. ...Read more

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Ganglion cyst on instep keeps reoccurring. Dangerous to ignore? Surgery only option?

Ganglion cyst on instep keeps reoccurring. Dangerous to ignore? Surgery only option?

Ganglion: It does sound like you have had prior treatment. When these recur repeatedly surgery may be the option. Drainage and pressure frequently work . See you podiatrist for help ...Read more

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I have cyst on ovary but don't want surgery. What other options are there? Its 6 cm.

I have cyst on ovary but don't want surgery. What other options are there? Its 6 cm.

Depends on cyst: If imaging shows a "simple" cyst, an option is to repeat imaging in 4-6 weeks to see if it is smaller or entirely gone. A "complex" cyst may require surgery, depending on its specific characteristics. Need for surgery also depends on the amount of pain you are having. If severe, you may consider surgery to definitively take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Is Surgery an option with a Subcortical Cyst in the shoulder ?

Is Surgery an option with a Subcortical Cyst in the shoulder ?

Treat with observati: The subcortical cyst should most likely be asymptomatic; however, if there is pain in this shoulder, see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Dx with duplication cyst in small intestines, can a GI please explain. Im very scared. Is surgery the only option?

Dx with duplication cyst in small intestines, can a GI please explain. Im very scared. Is surgery the only option?

Depends: Duplication cysts are usually benign, so the need for surgery is related to how bad your symptoms are. The operation can sometimes be done laparoscopically, depending on what part of the intestines are involved. ...Read more

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I have pcos and i'm done having kids, I have numerous cysts and a lot of pain. Is surgery an option to remove ovaries?

I have pcos and i'm done having kids, I have numerous cysts and  a lot of pain. Is surgery an option to remove ovaries?

Yes , but: Surgery would be an option, however there are a number of medicines that could help your symptoms and potentially preclude the need for surgery. You should see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Are there other options for someone too large for surgery with a cyst between 4th & 5th vertebrae?

Are there other options for someone too large for surgery with a cyst between 4th & 5th vertebrae?

Cysts: The answer is really what kind of cyst and what are the symptoms. Usually benign cysts are not bothersome unless they are pressing on structures like the nerve. Many interventional pan doctors or radiologists may be able to place a needle into the cyst - depending on where it is. ...Read more

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How to know what kind of ovarian cyst i have? Dermoid or endometrioma? I am looking for other option aside from laparascopic surgery

How to know what kind of ovarian cyst i have? Dermoid or endometrioma? I am looking for other option aside from laparascopic surgery

If you have either: One of those and it is 7.5 cm you need surgery to remove it sometimes some of the ovary can be saved , sometimes not. ...Read more

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So is surgery the only option to get rid if inflamed painful cyst? And is birth control the only way to keep them from being harmful?

So is surgery the only option to get rid if inflamed painful cyst? And is birth control the only way to keep  them from being harmful?

Cysts: Cysts occur is almost every tissue. In general, if they are infected or inflamed surgical intervention is a benefit. In your specific case, it is okay to ask your doc about your options, risk/benefit analysis of a surgical procedure. There are choices. ...Read more

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What option is better for a 10cm complex cyst. Open incision (like c section) or is a laparoscopic surgery safe? I need a 10cm and 4cm cyst removed.

What option is better for a 10cm complex cyst. Open incision (like c section) or is a laparoscopic surgery safe? I need a 10cm and 4cm cyst removed.

Laparscopic surgeon: A Laparoscopy in the hands of a skilled surgeon who does this all the time is the preferred approach to ovarian cyst management unless there is a concern for the presence of carcinoma. ...Read more

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@10 Pain in wrist from Ganglion Cyst no visible unless wrist is flexed f/w would surgery be an option? Unbearable pain at times Surgery or Drainage?

@10 Pain in wrist from Ganglion Cyst no visible unless wrist is flexed f/w would surgery be an option? Unbearable pain at times Surgery or Drainage?

Injection: Always try the conservative measures first. Draining it can work however it may come back. Talk to ur doctor about this ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a 5cm simple paraovarian cyst. My Gyn doctor gave me the option to leave it alone or get surgery? Is there any other option? help

I was diagnosed with a 5cm simple paraovarian cyst. My Gyn doctor gave me the option to leave it alone or get surgery? Is there any other option? help

Agree with options: I would agree with your options presented by your doctor. Ther is no medicine or alternative treatment for this type of cyst. If it is not symptomatic then surgery is not needed acutely. You can opt to just observe it for now. If at some point it begins to cause pain, then surgery may be indicated. Good luck! ...Read more

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